WACI Lockdown Picks 5

Welcome to another week of WACI‘s favourite Lockdown Picks. Each week we take you through some of the best online resources in dance, drama, music, film and production. Enjoy!


New Second Line

This is a short performance hosted by Ted Talks which is inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. TED Fellow Camille A. Brown choreographed “New Second Line,”  which is a celebration of the culture of New Orleans and the perseverance of Black people in the midst of devastation. It’s a truly beautiful performance which I’d encourage you to watch even if you aren’t a dancer.


Projections On Stage

This is a four-part blog for all those interested in technical theatre. The series explores the technical side behind creating projections for theatre.


Jess Gilliam Virtual Scratch Orchestra

The Virtual Scratch Orchestra is open to anybody of any ability, any instrument. Jess Gilliam has written parts specifically designed for beginner and advanced musicians. Jess is currently encouraging musicians to take part in in the second part of this project which is a cover of the Beatles classic ‘Let it Be’. 


Into Film

This resource is created by the BFI and the National lottery and has a range of Film-focused activities for young people.


Vocal Warm-Up

This short vocal warm-up led by Jeannette Nelson offers young actors techniques to prepare their voice ahead of rehearsals and performances. Great for any aspiring actors!

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

WACI Lockdown Picks 4

Another week past we have a selection of new WACI picks for you! Hand-picked by our team with the WACI seal of approval to keep you entertained and engaged with the performing and production arts whilst we’re on lockdown.

This week we have Becca also running through our picks:


Pop Up Space with Jasmin Vardimon

Jasmin offers a range of free online dance tutorials to keep you moving whilst we’re on lockdown! 


Interview with Al Lugger

This short video was created by Audio Technology Magazine. Al Lugger, the Head of Sound for Les Miserables, describes what it’s like mixing for a large-scale musical.


Sofar Sounds

Small concerts filmed all over the world in small and unusual places.


Moviola: Coffee Break Film School

Moviola is a comprehensive filmmaking education resource. They have created a step by step short and sweet overview of the filmmaking process from screenwriting to lighting.


Evan Placey’s ‘Girl’s Like That’

Evan Placey’s ‘Girl’s like that’ is an online play that explores gender equality and the pressures on today’s digital generation.

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

Join Our Virtual Fair Access Band

Virtual Fair Access Band

Are you a singer or a musician? Want to be part of our lockdown band?

If you are a pupil that goes to one of our 37 WACI schools or are part of the Transitions programme, you’re invited to join us to take part in an exciting new musical collaboration project!

Through the wonders of modern technology, musicians Becca Skeoch and Owen Sinclair are putting together a socially distanced band and creating a special video collage to be shared on the RCS social media accounts.

How to take part:

  • Sign up for the project via this online form: Registration Deadline is the 22nd of May

On the Sign-Up form you will be asked:

  • Your main instrument.
  • Your ability (beginner, intermediate and advanced).
  • If you can comfortably sight-read or follow a chord chart.
  • If you have access to a device that will allow you to record a video with audio.

What will happen next:

  • Owen and Becca (the musicians behind the project) will then decide on the piece of music that is suitable for the instrumentation for the students that have signed up to the project.
  • You will then be sent a guide track accompanied by either a score, chord chart or lyrics that is suitable for your ability level and instrument.
  • There will also be an online tutorial session that you will be invited to join in which Becca and Owen talk you through the music that you have been sent and how to record it so that your part is in time and slots in with your fellow virtual band members.
  • You will then record your part on video and send it to Owen and Becca.
  • Finally, Owen and Becca will edit the audio and video to create our Virtual Fair Access Band.

Get involved!

Fair Access Expo Online: Double Bass Emma Smith

Welcome to the third in our series of Fair Access Expo Online videoes, where we asked the professionals who were due to take part in our Fair Access Expo panel if they could tell us a little bit more about their careers, all from the comfort of their own homes. Each week they will talk about:

  • their journey into the creative industries
  • what their day-to-day life is like
  • their advice to anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps

Introducing Emma Smith, Double Bass Player 

Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a versatile composer, improviser and collaborator. 

An advocate for gender balance in the arts, and with support from Serious/Cryptic, she produces the multi-genre series Bitches Brew, which showcases the best of female instrumental improvising talent and celebrates the increasingly diverse listening habits of people around the world.

Emma is a Lead Trainer for Musicians Without Borders, working with musicians in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world to use music as a tool to rebuild communities and create social change. As an OCM BOOM 2019 Artist she explored the effect of trauma on our sense of time and space, culminating in multimedia solo performance, The Relentless Approach of Better Times, which combined film, electronics, loops and live double bass.

We hope you have enjoyed this insight into a working professionals life and tips that you can use in your creative journey.

Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks where we’ll have something for everyone! Next week we’ll have Stephen Arden, Musical Theatre Performer.

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WACI Lockdown Picks 3

We’ve got our third week of WACI picks for you! Hand-picked by our team with the WACI seal of approval to keep you entertained and engaged with the performing and production arts whilst we’re on lockdown.


Dance Art Journal

Social media feed on Twitter collating dance-related activity and culture.



How To Spray Paint A Portrait

A step by step video with Tragic O’Hara that takes you through the stages of how to spray paint large scale portraits​.


Together At Home

Together at Home was a virtual concert series organised by Global Citizen and curated by singer Lady Gaga.


Filmmaker IQ

This Youtube Channel provides a great overview for filmmakers, especially beginners. However, it goes in-depth enough that moderately experienced filmmakers can find real value in the content.


Boy’s Don’t

Paperdale productions ‘Boy’s Don’t’ explores insights into male experiences of growing up. From the playground to the classroom boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out, and who picks up the pieces?

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

Launching: Let's Sing in Gaelic

How is everyone? We hope you are all well and finding lots of great ways to keep yourself busy!

The WACI Team are delighted to announce the launch of the second in a series of online toolkits, Learning Gaelic Song

If you have ever wanted to learn to sing in Gaelic but didn’t know where to start, this project is for you! We’ll take you through the steps in learning to sing ‘Seallaibh Curraigh Eòghainn’ featuring video tutorials from folk singer Josie Duncan with downloadable resources to help you along the way.

Our toolkits are open for anyone to use, so whether you’re a teacher looking for new resources to share, a young person at home who is keen to learn Gaelic Song, we really hope you will enjoy learning with us.

If you’d like to send in photos of you practising or videos of you singing what you’ve learned, we’d love to see them! We are hoping to choose some of them to feature on our social media and Vimeo page.  Also if you are sharing any photos or videos on social media be sure to tag us @RCSWACI and use the hashtag #WACILetsSingInGaelic

To get started click here!

WACI Lockdown Picks 2

We’ve got our second week of WACI picks for you! Hand-picked by our team with the WACI seal of approval to keep you entertained and engaged with the performing and production arts whilst we’re on lockdown.


Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers

Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers is a choreographic reflection of the military world and the effects that war has on the body, both physically and mentally.



National Theatre: ‘How To’

This is a series of videos on how to do a quick costume change, make a wig, make mud and blood from the national theatre. It’s a great peek behind the scenes of the national theatre and insight into the workings of a professional production team.


Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny desk concerts from NPR has a huge range of intimate concerts from many different musicians from various different genres. There are loads of beautiful performances to be found here and some new artists to discover.


BFI Film Player

The British Film Institute have a range of archive feature-length and short films available for free! The BFI resource covers 120 years of Britain on film, therefore, there are plenty of films for you to browse through.


Ted Talk ‘The Essence of Acting’

Mirjana Joković is a film and stage actor who is now currently the Director of Performance for Acting and an acting teacher in the Theater Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts. In this video, she discusses her thoughts on the essence of acting.

We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more! 

WACI Lockdown Picks

WACI have been scouring the internet for some great online resources for you to check out whilst we are all on lockdown. We have found a range of tutorials, theatre productions and interactive videos.
We’ll share new resources with you every week. So without further ado, this weeks picks are:


Dance with Oti Mabuse

Oti Mabuse is a professional dancer who is well known for Strictly Come Dancing. On her YouTube Channel she has a range of dance tutorials for all ages and levels


National Theatre: How to Make a Puppet

The National Theatre has a short series of videos on how to create your own life-size puppet and explains the principles of bringing it to life. The only tools you need are paper, tape and scissors!


How to Create 8-bit Game Music

This a step by step tutorial by Tragic O’Hara on how to make 8-bit game music for free. All you need is a computer or laptop!


Every Frame a Painting

Every Frame a Painting is a YouTube Channel with a whole range of super interesting video essays about film form.


National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre are screening a new play each week on YouTube that were originally filmed Live at the National Theatre.

We hope you like this selection. Be sure to check back next week for more useful resources!

WACI RCS Summer Schools Scholarships 2020

Interested in a career in the creative industries? Want to develop your skills in a chosen field?

WACI – Widening Access to the Creative Industries – are offering fully-funded places on one of the Summer Schools taking place here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland throughout the summer school holidays. 

These courses offer an opportunity for you to try something newdevelop your existing experience and/or gain a more in-depth understanding within a variety of art forms.

Summer Schools Available

There are a variety of summer schools to choose from in Dance, Drama, Music, Film and Production. Click here to have a look at the Short Courses Summer School’s programme to help you figure out which course is the right course for you. 

Some of the courses are very popular, and spaces will fill up quickly – we’ll be assessing applications as and when they come in, so get your application in as soon as you can to avoid being disappointed!

How to apply

1. If you haven’t already please register with the WACI cohort first. It doesn’t take long and you can fill it out by clicking here

2. Then, all you need to do is fill out the application form to let us know:

  • a little bit about you
  • why you want to do the course you’ve chosen to do

If it would be easier, you can provide a voice recording or video statement in support of your application.

If you require some help filling in this form, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk
 0141 270 8319

DEADLINE: Applications have now closed

Fair Access Expo 2020

*UPDATE Due to campus closures due to COVID-19, bookings are temporarily closed and this event will be rescheduled to later in the year. We apologies for any inconvenience*

We are excited to announce that bookings for our Fair Access Expo are now open!

If you are a current Transitions student or a pupil from a WACI school, you with your family, friends or carers are warmly invited to our Fair Access Expo. 

When: Sun 29 March, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Fair Access Expo is a chance for pupils to come along to: 

Brothers, sisters and friends alongside any other family members or carers are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. This is event is free to attend but booking is essential. 

Fair Access Expo is a joint event hosted by WACI and Transitions